Saturday, November 12, 2011

DIY Craft Ribbon Storage Rack for ONLY $10

Create this ribbon rack for only $10! It holds over 100 spools of ribbon!

  • [3] Sheets of 20x30 inch white foam board $3 (I purchased mine for $1 each from a local dollar business establishment. You can also purchase foam board from any department store or craft store, it may be slightly higher priced.
  • [1 roll] White Duct Tape $4 (You can purchase colored duct tape from any hardware or craft store)
  • [5] 1/4x36 inch Wooden Dowels $3 (I purchased mine for $0.60 each at a local craft store)
  • Pencil
  • Box Cutter
  • Tape Measure
Time: 15 minutes

  1. You will need a large, flat surface to work on.
  2. Put aside one sheet of foam board to use as the back of the rack.
  3. Using your second sheet of foam board, measure THREE 5.5x20 inch sections.
  4. On a safe, flat surface, use your box cutter to cut along the lines. Discard the extra.
  5. Using your third sheet of foam board, measure TWO 5.5x30 sections.
  6. On a safe, flat surface, use your box cutter to cut along the lines. Discard the extra.
  7. Using the 5.5"x20" sections, measure and mark where your five wholes will be. Depending on the size of ribbon you use will depend on the number of rows you use and the spacing of your holes. I left about 1/2" more room around my first row because I have a few larger spools. Make sure you mark all THREE of your sections for each dowel will go threw all three holes.
  8. After you've marked your holes, use your pencil to puncture each hole.
  9. Now you have to put it together! Lay the BACK on a flat surface. Fit two of your 5.5"x20" SIDE sections along outside the BACK as pictured. Its important that the sides be fitted in the position shown so your box fits evenly. Use your duct tape to secure your SIDES in place. I taped both the inside and outside for added strength.
  10. Fit your 5.5"x30" TOP and BOTTOM sections between the SIDES and use your duct tape to secure the TOP and BOTTOM in place. I taped both outside and inside corners.
  11. Now fit and trim the MIDDLE section so it fits snugly in the middle of the box. Use your duct tape to tape the MIDDLE into the box.
  12. Stand the box up. Insert your dowels into the holes.
  13. Add your ribbon and you're FINISHED!
You can add clothes pins to the outside of your dowels to keep them secure. This DIY Ribbon Storage Rack should be stored in a safe location on a flat surface and transportation should be limited. If stacking a second layer, please take extra stability measures to secure it to a wall.

I absolutely LOVE my new ribbon storage rack! It makes working with my ribbon more manageable and efficient, not to mention it organized and cleared my work space.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why Should You Buy Handcrafted Items For Your Wedding?

Why should you buy handcrated items and accessories for your wedding?

 1. Custom Items: You can work directly with the crafter to design a unique item that is custom to your wedding theme, colors, or style. Some wedding themes and color schemes are so specific that it may be a challenge to find accessories and items that match your vision. Buying handcrafted enables you to design exaclty what you want for your wedding.

2. Affordable: Depending on the item, opting to purchase handmade can take some weight off your budget. Many crafters will offer discounts on orders of two or more. Most crafters work out of their home or small business studio and have less overhead than massproduced items from a factory. Its easier for crafters to pass the savings along to buyers than large companies.

3. Personal Buying Experience: When you purchase handmade, you have a small connection with the item and its crafter. The creator is a person, with a name and face, rather than a number. Its nice to have a note on your procuct saying, "Handcrafted from my home to yours" over a sticker that says, "Inspected by 489A8."

4. Support Local Businesses: Buying handcrafted supports local busniess owners and crafters. It enables you to purchase items made in a prefered location. If you prefer items made in the USA, you can search for items with that preference.

5. Non-massproduced: Most handcrafted items are not produced on a mass scale. Handcrafted items have a higher product quality due to detailed hand creation. 

6. Slave Free / Fair Labour Wage Practices / Safe Working Conditions: Expanding on the topic of massproduced items, most handcrafted items come from Slave Free, Fair Labour Wage Practices, and Safe Working Condition enviornments. That means no child labour or illegal labour was used in the making of your product.

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"Etsy is an online vending forum that focuses on handmade and vintage items, as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks and toys. Many individuals also sell craft supplies like beads, wire, and jewelry-making tools. All vintage items must be at least 20 years old. These items range from old boots and ice skates, to dresses, hats and scarves." 


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How Chic Somethings Started


Chic Somethings is excited to announce that I've gone BLOG!

What is Chic Somethings?

Chic Somethings is an home-based business that specializes in handcrafted accessories. Everything is designed and delicately handmade by me.

One Question Changed My Life

In December of 2010, one question changed my life..."Will you marry me?"

The date was set: July 2012

Then the whirlwind began: bridal magazines, Internet browsing, bridal shows, vendors, dress shopping, florists, limos, photographers, more bridal magazines, checklists, choosing bridesmaids...then choosing their dresses, picking color schemes, centerpieces....I could go on-and-on.

I have a VISION for my wedding. Evey bride has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was five, I'm defiantly no different.

As I dived head-first into the bridal pool, I realized that I couldn't buy a lot of my vision. I searched the Internet for hours and hours looking for specific items or colors, with no luck.

Then it clicked--I can make it!...and for a reasonable price!

Thanks to the fabulous genes my mother passed on to me, I was lucky enough to be born craft inclined. Call me Mini Martha!

After making the majority of my wedding needs myself, I found I had a real talent and passion for what I was doing.

Then Came The Bombshell

In the summer of 2011, I lost my teaching job. I was, and still am, heartbroken. Teaching is a huge part of who I am, but there was obviously a higher plan for me.

It was then that I realized that I could be doing something else that I love--creating lovely handmade items for others. To me, something handmade is made from the heart.

So I opened Chic Somethings!

A wedding is such an important milestone. I started Chic Somethings to share my beautiful and unique designs with brides who want their visions to become a reality. Take it from a bride-to-be, custom bridal accessories can cost your first born child. I wanted to be able to give brides-on-a-budget elegant, quality, CUSTOM accessories at an affordable price.

Chic Something Grows

I have a lot of friends and family getting married and having children. As the demand for a baby and children's line grew, so did Chic Somethings!

More Than A Shop Blog

I decided to start this blog to share more than my shop. I wanted to share tips, pages, websites, bridal resources, family pages, cooking topics, DIY projects, everything CHIC & MUCH MORE!

Shop Items

All of my items are delicately handcrafted to perfection, beautifully packaged and shipped in a timely manner. I work close with my clients to ensure their custom order is beyond their expectations.


Hair Accessories for Brides, Bridesmaids & Flower Girls
Sashes & Dress Accents for Brides, Bridesmaids & Flower Girls
Flower Girl Head Wreaths/Halos
Bridal Bobby Pin Sets
Toss Bouquets
Shoe Clips for Brides, Bridesmaids & Flower Girls


Infant & Baby Photo Prop Headbands
Infant, Baby, Children, Teen & Adult Headbands
Bobby Pin Sets
Children's Bows
Holiday & Seasonal Bows, Hair Clips, Barrettes & Bobby Pin Sets


Unique Wine Cork Heart Art Pieces, Decorations & Centerpieces
Custom Fabric Pew Bows


As a means of providing a quality product at an affordable price, I offer discounts on orders of two or more.



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